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SouthLake Christian Academy students earn high ratings at the Association of Christian Schools International Festival. From left, Madi Black (junior; excellence award for mixed media), Heather Wilson (sophomore; excellence award for mixed media), Seth Johnson (junior; superior award for oil pastel), Micah Godsey (junior; superior award for mixed media), Andrew Garner (sophmore; excellence award for acrylic painting) and Lindsey Crane (senior; superior award for acrylic painting).
SouthLake Christian Academy students earn high ratings at the Association of Christian Schools International Festival. From left, Madi Black (junior; excellence award for mixed media), Heather Wilson (sophomore; excellence award for mixed media), Seth Johnson (junior; superior award for oil pastel), Micah Godsey (junior; superior award for mixed media), Andrew Garner (sophmore; excellence award for acrylic painting) and Lindsey Crane (senior; superior award for acrylic painting). SOUTHLAKE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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Compiled by Cindy Stern


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South Mecklenburg High: The school’s baseball teams competed March 21 in their annual fundraiser for the Miracle League of the University YMCA. The schools raised $17,000, which included a matching donation from Planet Fitness of Greater Charlotte. The Miracle League provides custom baseball fields for youth with physical and cognitive needs.

JV Washam Elementary: The school will host Beginner’s Day for incoming Kindergarten students 8:30-10 a.m. April 22.

The incoming students will spend time in a kindergarten classroom with a teacher while parents will receive information about the kindergarten program. For information, call the school at 980-343-1071.

Rocky River High: Kenya Livingston won the high jump championship at the Nationals Indoor Track and Field meet held March 12-14 in New York.

The freshman’s jump of 5 feet 71/4 inches tied for the national record. Another freshman, Mariah Atwater competed in the meet and finished 11th in the Freshman 400. In addition, the 4x4 Relay team placed 23rd in competition. Kenya is the school’s first national track champion and this was the first national track event for the school. Antoine Sidbery is the coach.

▪ Rocky River High math teacher Antonio Smith, Jr. was presented the Airman of the Year award from the 440th Airlift Wing, Pope AAF, NC. Smith received the honor for his leadership, hard work and perseverance in both military and community capacities.

▪ Paakweisi Drentsil was awarded the National Achievement Scholarship in March. Paakweisi is the first student from Rocky River High to be awarded the scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding U.S. black high school students with high PSAT scores.

SouthLake Christian Academy: The school competed and earned honors in several fields at the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) Festival held March 13.

Students earned superior marks for their entries in the Fine Arts and Creative Writing Division. The list includes: Joseph Carter, Kylie Sefryn, Kennedy Smith, Luca Lutzel, Lauren Cox, Heather Wilson, Mason Scoggins, Micah Godsey, Seth Johnson, Ansley Rikard, Lindsey Crane, Caleb Gonzalez, Isabelle Schaefer, Sarah Kathryn Smith, Macey Garrison and Avery Rikard.

In the choir competition, each of three choirs earned a superior ratings, including a perfect score in the ShowCase division.

In the Math Computation, the following students placed in their respective divisions: Riley Thorsvold (first), Marshall Blackwell (third), Aaron Street (fourth), David Ntim (second), Zachary Murphy (third), Gracie Garrison (fifth), Zachary VanWingerden (third) Luke Hines (fifth) In the Math Reasoning, Tyler O'Bryan (third), Matthew Lutzel (fourth), Devin McLaughlin (fifth) and Jacquelyn Popoff (second) placed in their respective divisions.

Christ the King Catholic High: Mary Selzer has won the Morehead-Cain Scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill.

Mary is the valedictorian of the first graduating class. She holds numerous officer positions including president of the Student Government Association, founding member and president of the school’s National Honor Society chapter and captain for both the varsity volleyball and basketball teams and plans to major in nutrition and exercise science. The Scholarship is valued at $105,000 over a four-year period.

The Children’s Schoolhouse: The annual golf outing will take place April 20 at Cowan’s Ford Golf Club in Stanley. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

The fee is $480 per foursome or $120 per player. For more information, contact Jessica Harris at or visit


Hickory Ridge Middle: The school won a third-place medal at the State Quiz Bowl Tournament held March 28 in Durham.

The Bowl is sponsored by the NC Association for Scholastic Activities and is an academic competition in which two teams compete to be the first to answer questions read by a moderator.

▪ The school finished third with an Excellent rating in the Charlotte Area Regional of the William Peace University N.C. Show Choir Competition held March 13. The school will now advance to the State Final in May. The event is sponsored by the NC Association of Scholastic Activities.

Teachers of the Year: The following teachers have been selected as finalists for the Teacher of the Year: Kelly Bumgardner, Ashley Chastain, Jessica Enlow, Angela Martin and Ryan Shaver. The Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Year will be announced May 5.

Bethel Elementary: The school won first place in the Fire and Life Safety Bowl. The school will now compete at the state tournament. Riley Melton was named MVP of the Bowl. The quiz bowl competition for fourth and fifth grade students is sponsored by local fire departments.

Governor’s school: The following high school students have been selected to attend the Governor’s School of North Carolina summer program: Mary Willis, Ryan Petty, Faith Martin, Katherine Laws, Merrill Douglass, Drew Cheek, Luke Tucker, Dharma Peterson, Grant Brown, Tam Nguyen, Chloe Arrojado, Emily Badgett, Maram Elnagheeb, Emily Absher, Leah Woeher and Maya Christian.

The students were selected based on grades, test scores, teacher recommendations, and audition for students in performing/visual arts. From nominations submitted to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, a statewide committee determined the students selected.

Griffin Middle: Principal Kristy Bullock, Julie Cline (seventh-grade math teacher) and Chris Cline (math facilitator) presented a session at the National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference held March 23 in Houston, Tex.

The team presented with UNC Charlotte mathematics professor Michelle Stephan in the session From Teacher-Led to Student-Centered: Changing Our Math Classrooms.


Goddard School: The Indian Trail school recently donated 116 new books and $300 to Bright Blessings, an organization that provides support to homeless children and families. The students donated books for children aged 2 and younger for birthday baskets.

Literacy workshop: Union County Public Schools Alliance for Children will hold a four-week Smart Start Family Literacy reading workshop at the Monroe Library on Wednesdays beginning April 22.

The events are free and open to the public. Registration is required. For information and registration, call 704-296-0813.

Semifinalists: The following teachers have been selected as Teacher of the Year semifinalists: Leslie Craven, Wayne Phaneuf, Mary Katherine Rochefort, Glenn Baron, Matthew Montroy, Jonathan Harbin, Jordan Mamara, Meredith Sizemore, Janet Kerley, Kelly Nance, Ria Rorbacher, Lashenna Gaines, Lisa Austen, Mary Atwell, Gary Anderson, Jennifer Medlin, Chloe Holsman, Laura Lalone, Cynthia Handog and Rosilyn Brown.

The semifinalists were narrowed from 53 candidates and will be recognized April 23 at the Teacher of the Year Banquet.

Central Academy of Arts and Technology: CATA’s National Honor Society chapter recently raised $491 for Safe Alliance, an organization that assists local residents in times of crisis.

Students collected the donations through ticket sales for their first CATA’s Got Talent competition held at the school on March 27.

Union County Early College: The UCEC Glee Club placed second at the William Peace University North Carolina Show Choir Competition held in March in Hickory.

This was the first performance of the Glee Club outside UCEC and the first competition for the group. UCEC will now compete at the State event in May.


Westminster Catawba Christian School: The school will present “Oliver” at 7 p.mMay 1 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 2. Tickets are available at,, in the Lower School Administration Building or at the door if not sold-out.

Rock Hill High: Principal Ozzie Ahl has been named the 4A Principal of the Year. Ahl received the award from the S.C. Association of Athletic Administrators for his outstanding support of athletics at the school, regional and state levels.

Clover High: The Future Business Leaders of America team recently competed at the state level on March 19-22 in North Charleston. Eight team members placed first or second and will advance to nationals in June.

Brandon McKee, Garrett Erven and the team of Alyssa Costner, Erika Spence and Ginny Womack placed first. Justin Grigg, and the team of Bethany Croat and Maddie Rowley placed second.

Faculty member Leslie Knutsen received the Virginia Atkinson FBLA Adviser of the Year Award. The school FBLA advisers include Amy Moss, Lee Ann Seay, Leslie Knutsen, Rita Graves and Quentin McGill.

▪ The symphonic band and wind ensemble earned a superior rating for their performances at the Concert Performance Assessment held recently.

In addition, the wind ensemble earned a Superior with Distinction rating. The ratings are based on stage performance and on sight-reading a piece never seen before.

This is the 13th consecutive year of Superior ratings for the wind ensemble in Class Six Music.